In this photo, Noel Gallagher is pictured with his Gibson ES-355 Electric Guitar while performing live. His 355 is fitted with a Bigsby, and appears to have a six-position Varitone switch near the tone and volume knobs (this could indicate the model is the ES-355TD-SV, which was released in 1959). In an [interview from November 2011](http://www.musicradar.com/us/news/guitars/interview-noel-gallagher-talks-guitars-gear-and-high-flying-birds-512993), when asked what he brings on the road when touring for High Flying Birds, he says, "...the guitars I bring on tour are either 355s or 345s. Those are what I play." Later in the interview he confirms it is a 1960s model, saying, "Usually, I just pick my 1960's Gibson 355 – that's the basis for everything." According to [Premier Guitar](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/22310-noel-gallagher-high-flying-birdman?page=2) interview, he talks about this guitar a little bit more. "Talk about your affinity for the Gibson ES-355. I’ve got two or three, and some ES-345s, too. My 1960 ES-355 is the greatest guitar I’ve ever played. It can do anything, and it’s become a part of me. [Ex-Smiths guitarist] Johnny Marr no less picked it up in the studio, then looked like a startled wizard because of how great the guitar is. I got the 355 a while back for 4,000 pounds, and it’s the best 4,000 pounds I’ve ever spent. I’ve taken the guitar on four or five world tours and beat the living daylights out of it, but it still sounds and plays incredible. I’m in awe of the guitar. I put it second to my wife only because I can have sex with her. If I could have sex with that guitar, I’m not sure which I’d choose."more
"1968 ES-355, just like Freddie King’s main guitar. The late 60?s Gibson’s were quirky but these 355?s were a star. It’s big and bold and screams, Are you Ready For Freddie?!!!!!" says Joe Bonomassa, on his [website](http://jbonamassa.com/joes-guitar-of-the-week/guitar-of-the-week-17-1968-es-355/).more
-Adams could be seen playing his beloved ES-355 named "Peanut" numerous times within the last years. "While Adams cycled through a couple of Fender Stratocasters and even a Gibson SG, it's not until he dons his walnut Gibson ES-355, nicknamed "Peanut" and arguably the guitar most associated with Adams, that his approach shines through." - K.C. Libman (Phoenix New Times)more
In [this interview](http://www.musicradar.com/us/news/guitars/bernard-butler-shows-off-his-guitar-collection-598904/4), Bernard explains how he acquired his 1961 335. "I bought this at Guitar Center in Los Angeles for $4,500, the most I have spent on a guitar. The inspiration of getting a red ES-355 was Johnny Marr, but also Chuck Berry and Roy Orbison. My dad loved Roy Orbison, so big red semis are a childhood memory. From an early age, I thought: that’s an electric guitar. “But Johnny playing one was one reason. I remember seeing The Smiths on The Tube, 1983, with Johnny playing a red ES-355. It’s odd, as he only played a 355 for about six months, but that was enough for me. “I’ve just been touring with Ben Watt, and he says he was out shopping with Johnny when he bought his own red 355 that day in the 80s. It was at (Fat Rick’s) Vintage Guitar Emporium. I know Rick, too, and he’s joked, ‘if Johnny ever comes in we can close the doors, that’s business done for the day!’ “This is on a lot of my recordings, from late Suede to McAlmont & Butler, my solo albums, to my producing and playing. On Ben Watt’s album [due spring 2014], it’s all this 355 straight into my Lazy J 20 ampmore
" It’s got a great weight and is nice and small but sounds really rich—no less rich than the ’65 ES-355 that was my main guitar for a while. With a nice vintage guitar like that, maintenance requires a lot of attention, and you have to worry when traveling with the instrument." - excerpt from Premier Guitar interview.more
Rhodes’ main guitars are three Steinbergers: a 12-string, a model with a TransTerm transposing tremolo, and a very early prototype. He also owns a ’62 Fender Jazzmaster (“an old friend”), and a ’66 Gibson 355 fitted with an early-model Sustaniac, a feedback device made by Maniac Music, which mounted on the guitar’s headstock, allows the player to use a foot pedal to determine which harmonics will feed back. A Chet Atkins semi-acoustic, a ’54 Gibson Les Paul Junior, a ’62 Fender Stratocaster, a 12-string Ovation acoustic, and a K. Yairi acoustic with a violin-style headstock round out Rhodes’ collection.more
I wanted a Gibson since I was a kid and learned that my favourites had them. I got the train to and from Dundee in Scotland to buy mine off a postman in a 14 hour round trip. In recording, I use it to play open chords all the way through a song, through a Vox AD100VT, to balance the brightness of my Strat and the growl of my Z. I love it.